Wyoming’s Median Age is up Slightly, Close to National Rate
As Wyoming baby boomers continue to age, the state’s median age rose ever so slightly to 38 years between July 2017 and July 2018. Nationwide, the median age is 38.2 years.
The median age, coupled with a 3.9 percent growth rate in the elderly population (age 65 and over), indicates that the age of Wyoming’s population has slowed. However, the Cowboy State is still one of the fastest aging populations in the country, according to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
According to a report released last week by the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division, since 2010 the total statewide population increased 2.5 percent. The under 18 population decreased 0.5 percent, and the number of school age children declined 10.7 percent. For adults, the 18-64 age group dropped 2.9 percent and the elderly population (65 and over) increased by 16.5 percent.
“Wyoming does not have enough resident workers to replace retiring boomers,” said Dr. Wenlin Liu, chief economist with the state. “With [the] currently low unemployment rate (3.6 percent), and if millennials continue to move to big metro areas, the state may face a serious labor force shortage and faster population aging in the near future.”
Breaking the data down by individual counties, Platte County was the oldest with a median age of 47.9. In contrast, Albany County was the youngest at 27.7, followed by Campbell at 34.8 and Sweetwater at 35.8 years.
In Sheridan County, the median age is 42.6, and in Johnson County it’s 45.9.